Articles from The Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education (previously IfA)

Jennifer Coupland announced as new CEO for the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

Today (15 July) the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (the Institute) has announced that Jennifer Coupland will be joining as Chief Executive Officer from November this year.

Iconic fashion house @Burberry to chair Digital Route Panel

Iconic luxury British fashion house Burberry is supporting the Institute for Apprenticeships’ Digital Route Panel as their Chief Information Officer takes on the role of Chair.

How real-world projects offer digital apprentices the best chance of success

Tom Mynott was shocked to discover he was one of just 10 apprentices on the regional shortlist for Rising Star of the Year at the 2018 National Apprenticeship Awards. He was even more surprised when he was then awarded the regional ‘Rising Star of the Year’ Award.

Plate welder

Reference Number: ST0852 Details of standard Occupation summary This occupation is found in a wide range of sectors associated with the Fabrication, Construction and upgrade of major capital plant items and facilities. This will include Structural Steel fabrication and construction (e.g. Buildings, Stadia, Bridges, Piers, Jetties etc.), Marine fabrication, construction and upgrade (Ships, Submarines, Wind Turbine Towers), Defence fabrication (armoured vehicles), Process Plant (structures and storage tanks), Engineering Construction (Lifting Beams, Cranes, Construction Vehicles etc.), Mining & Mineral Processing (Shuttering, Structural Supports, Wear Plates, Chutes, Mills, Pulverisers), Transport (Aerospace, Rail and Automotive), and Manufacturing of machinery & equipment. Plate Welders may be employed in any size of organisation from small companies to large multi-national organisations. The broad purpose of the occupation is to  manually  weld  plate  and  structural  components  to  high  standards  of  quality.  This  will  involve  fabrication,  construction  or  repair  of  fabricated  plate  assemblies,  extrusions  and  structural  components  (e.g.  Channel,  H-Beams,  I-Beams  etc.)  used  often  used  to  fabricate  larger  components  and  assemblies.  Plate  welders  will  weld  to  internationally  recognised  quality  standards  using  more  than  one  manual  arc  welding  process  from  Tungsten  Inert  Gas  (TIG),  Plasma  Arc  Welding  (PAW),  Manual  Metal  Arc  (MMA),  Metal  Inert  Gas  (MIG)/Metal  Active  Gas  (MAG)  and  Flux  Cored  Arc  Welding  (FCAW)  on  more  than  one  material  group  from  Carbon  Steel,  Low  Alloy  Steel,  High  Alloy  Ferritic/Martensitic  Steel,  Austenitic  Stainless  Steel,  Nickel  &  Nickel  Alloys,  Aluminium  &  Aluminium  alloys,  Titanium  &  Titanium  Alloys,  Copper  &  Copper  Alloys.  For  example,  a  Plate  Welder  might  use  Manual  Metal  Arc  (MMA)  and  Flux  Cored  Arc  Welding  (FCAW)  to  join    both  Carbon  Steel  and  Low  Alloy  Steel  materials.  The occupation requires production of  welds  in  plate  and  structural  components  covering  three  plate  welding  positions  which  must  include  Vertical  (either upward or downward progression) and Overhead,  and the three main joint configurations (Single or Double Sided Butt, Single or Double  Sided T-Butt & Fillet).  Each  welding  process  requiring  significantly  different  welding  equipment,  assemblies,  controls,  skills  and  techniques,  and  represents  an  individual  production  process.  Each  material  type  requires  specific  controls  and  techniques  to  achieve  a  satisfactory  weld.  Plate  welding  is  contributes  to  the  UK  economy  through  the  fabrication,  construction  and  upgrade  of  major  infrastructure  projects,  defence  assets  and  exported  goods.  Plate  welders  are  employed  by  the  supply  chain  organisations  or  the  direct  owner/operator.. In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with a  wide  range  of  people  and  organisations  including  Platers,  Metal  Fabricators,  Erectors,  Riggers,  Stores  Operatives,  Supervisors,  Engineers,  Inspectors,  Non-Destructive  Technicians  and  Quality  personnel.  Plate  welders  may  need  to  work  shifts  and  flexible  work  patterns.  They  can  work  in  organisations  ranging  from  multi-national  organisations  to  very  small  businesses.  They  work  in  a  range  of  environments  across  the  world  including  Fabrication  Shops,  Assembly  Yards,  Construction/Building  Sites,  Factories  and  Operational  Facilities  requiring  maintenance  &  upgrade.  This  occupation  may  involve  working  at  height,  and  beside  or  over  water.  Plate welders’ work  will  be  regularly  assessed  to  ensure  continued  quality  of  welding  and  overall  integrity  of  the  component  being  welded,  as  specified  in  the  applicable  component  design  code.  This  could  include  visual  inspection,  non-destructive  testing  and  destructive  testing  of  production  test  pieces.. An employee in this occupation will be responsible for the safety, quality and accuracy of their own work whilst ensuring it conforms to a relevant plate welding specification. They work autonomously, or on occasion as part of a wider team, reporting to a workplace supervisor.

Accounts / finance assistant

Reference Number: ST0608 Details of standard Occupation: Accounts/Finance Assistant

How an apprenticeship can give you the edge over university-bound peers

Apprenticeship or university? Francesca Beckett, 21 explains how the apprenticeship route gave her an edge over her university-bound peers: Had you always been planning to take up apprenticeship when you left school? No - I didn't know much about apprenticeships. My sixth form college was very ‘university oriented’.

Advanced forensic practitioner (custody or sexual offence)

Reference Number: ST0788 Details of standard Occupation summary This occupation is found in Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs) and within pathways for sexual violence services and within Police custodial settings.

Pipe welder

Reference Number: ST0851 Details of standard Occupation summary This occupation is found in a wide range of sectors where piping systems are used for fluid transport and pressure containment. This will include Engineering Construction, Maintenance and Project upgrades, Oil & Gas (upstream extraction, bulk fluid transport & distribution, downstream processing), Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals (manufacturing and process plant); Power Generation (Thermal, Biomass & Nuclear); Food, Dairy & Brewery Process plant and equipment; Water and Water treatment (processing, bulk transport & distribution and remediation); and Fuel & Coolant systems for Transport Vehicles (Aerospace, Marine, Road & Rail systems). Employers range in size from small businesses to multi-national organisations. The broad purpose of the occupation is to manually weld tubes and pipes to high standards of quality and integrity using a minimum of two manual arc welding processes from Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG), Plasma Arc Welding (PAW), Manual Metal Arc (MMA), Metal Inert Gas (MIG)/Metal Active Gas (MAG) and Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW). The occupation requires the pipe welding of a minimum of four material groups from Carbon Steel, Low Alloy Steel, High Alloy Ferritic/Martensitic Steel, Austenitic Stainless Steel, Nickel & Nickel Alloys, Aluminium & Aluminium alloys, Titanium & Titanium Alloys, Copper & Copper Alloys. Pipe welders must use all welding positions and 3 main joint configurations from Single Sided Butt, Socket, Flange and Set-on Branch welds. For example, a pipe welder might use Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) and Manual Metal Arc (MMA) to join Carbon Steel, Low Alloy Steel, Austenitic Stainless Steel and Nickel Alloy materials. Each welding process requiring significantly different welding equipment, assemblies, controls, skills and techniques, and represents an individual production process. Each material type requires specific controls and techniques to achieve a satisfactory weld. The final components being welded are often used in highly safety critical applications for the movement and control of high temperature fluids, cryogenic fluids, highly corrosive or flammable media, and are regulated by the Pressure Equipment Directive. Some piping systems are used in the processing of pharmaceuticals, food and drink, where welding and fabrication control of pipe bore cleanliness is vital to the hygiene and integrity of the installation and quality of goods manufactured. Pipe Welders are required to continually monitor and adapt their orientation to achieve the quality of work demanded by high integrity piping systems, necessitating significant manual dexterity, and coordination. This is essential to the UK economy as Pipe Welders are key to the successful fabrication, construction and repair & maintenance of major infrastructure projects. Pipe welders are required to work to detailed engineering specifications necessary to ensure safe & reliable operation of the finished pipe work system. Pipe welders support many employers in the construction, engineering and manufacturing sectors.  They can be employed by the supply chain organisations or the direct owner/operator.. In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with a wide range of people and organisations including Supervisors, Engineers, Pipe Fitters, Riggers, Stores Operatives, Welding Inspectors, Non-Destructive Technicians, Quality personnel, Insurance Inspectors and associated Technicians (e.g. Thermal Treatment, Non-Destructive Testing).  Pipe welders’ work is  regularly assessed to ensure continued quality of welding though visual inspection, non-destructive testing and pre-commissioning pressure testing (hydraulic or pneumatic testing).They can work anywhere in the world and provide services in a range of demanding environments, including working at height, confined spaces, on live plant and equipment. This could include fabrication workshops, oil rigs, power stations, process plant facilities, on-board marine vessels.  Pipe welders may need to work shifts and flexible work patterns. They can work in organisations ranging from multi-national organisations to very small businesses.. An employee in this occupation will be responsible for the safety, quality, productivity and accuracy of their own work whilst ensuring it conforms to a relevant pipe welding specification. Ensuring the bore cleanliness is maintained to the requirements of the piping system to assure the integrity of the system, components and product that will flow within the completed pipe system. Pipe Welders can hold a range of responsibilities ranging from working autonomously during their planning and production activities to being an integrated part of a wider team working on the overall pipework system, reporting to a workplace supervisor. This can vary based on the size of organisation and sector in which they work..

World-renowned hair stylist to the stars @PaulEdmonds217 chosen for key hair and beauty #apprenticeships role

Today (July 23) Paul Edmonds has been appointed as Chair for the Institute’s Hair and Beauty Route Panel.

New EQA Framework for #Apprenticeships fit for a groundbreaking quality assurance regime

End-point assessment (EPA) is one of the key aspects of apprenticeship standards – providing a robust and independent test that an apprentice who completes their apprenticeship is fully occupationally competent.

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